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John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die
Starring:
Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti,
Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel and Jenny McCarthy


Rated: PG-13  for sexual content and language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: July 28, 2006 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Director Betty Thomas who won an Emmy Award as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1985 has moved on to directing. Her work to date has not been brilliant, neither could it be considered a failure. John Tucker Must Die, doesn't move her in either direction.

This could be called "Kiss Me Kate," because Brittany Snow's character is Kate, the quiet thinking girl is not one of the "popular girls" but she does have an idea for the three hotties (Arielle Kebbel, Ashanti and Sophia Bush) when they get together and find that John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) has used the same language and moves on each of them.

Kate is pleasant and rather appealing but has no confidence in guys especially the type who she has seen play her mother over the years. She blames Mom for most of her social problems. But it's her flawed Mom's activity that shows the way to get at John Tucker.

Fashion plays a part, Victoria Secret is mentioned and thongs alter perceptions at the end. Games played on the unsuspecting Tucker include filling his power drink with estrogen which gets him in with the sensitive ladies on the campus. He is a brand at Forest Hills High School that is not about to change easily.

While John Tucker's brother has an interest in Kate the three "popular girls" who admit to being as loose as possible when it comes to sexual activity, decide Kate is the tool to crush Tucker's devil may care attitude toward the ladies on the campus.

As we clearly expect, plans fail and a clumsy kiss along with a lawn sprinkler help love to bloom and destroy the best plans of the cunning threesome.

Nothing unexpected occurs and the characters offer little except some naughty lines along with some cheesecake and beefcake. The high school scene is filled with intrigue much more could have been made of the John Tucker episode.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
John Tucker Must Die C     F   C+ C+ C-

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